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Windows 7: Installing 7, SATA Drivers? Hard Drive problems... HELP!

31 Aug 2012   #21

Windows 7

Ok, here are the results.

"I asked you to try AHCI as well as IDE mode. Reset BIOS to defaults first."
- I reset BIOS and tried both modes and the hard drives still failed to be recognized.

"I suggested to wipe, then create and format an NTFS partition, then mark it Active to try install. Diskpart Clean command takes 30 seconds and is all that is needed here."
- I wiped the entire disk first, and then created the NTFS partition (100gb) and set it as active. I am using MiniTool Partition Wizard and Gparted to edit my hard drive because I cannot access my hard drive via Command Prompt during windows 7 installation.

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"Are you plugging installer into USB3 port? Try others to find USB2."
- I am using a legitimate Windows 7 installer disk that I purchased from retail. Wondering if it was a bad burn, I also have been trying to run my Windows XP installer discs but they also bring up errors telling me that they cannot find a hard drive so I am pretty sure the installation disc isn't the problem."

"Do you have EFI BIOS? If so remove EFI boot disk from BIOS boot order, enable BIOS Legacy mode."
- I researched what this Bios version is and confirmed that I do not have this version.

Here is a list of my partitions thus far. Thanks.
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My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Sep 2012   #22


You say you have a legit Win7 install disk but that you are wondering if it has a bad burn. Did you burn it yourself? If so download the latest official installer ISO and burn to DVD or write to flash stick with the tool in Steps 1 and 2 of Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Sep 2012   #23

Windows 7

No I purchased the disk. I didn't burn it myself. It is legitimate.

And additionally, like I said earlier, I used 2 separate Windows XP installer disks and get similiar errors so I do not believe it is the disk.

Did some more snooping and it looks like older ASUS SATA hard drives seem to give a lot of problems when trying to install windows 7 and Windows XP. Should I try a Vista installer and see if that does anything?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

01 Sep 2012   #24


Test your HD with maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan, followed by Disk Check from the installer Command Line accessed by Shift + F10 at first screen after booted. Format one large partition to run the Disk Check.

If HD checks out then write the latest official ISO to flash stick using Step 1 and 2 from Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. Boot stick under USB, Removable or HD on one-time BIOS boot Menu key. If it fails, unplug the DVD drive to eliminate it.

I need some sleep and will read over this thread again tomorrow with fresh eyes. If you want to do some research yourself on the error, google it's verbatim text with any error numbers to see how others have resolved it. These can be strong clues.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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